Jackson National Life Distributors has hired Chris van Mierlo as vice president for product management.

Mr. van Mierlo will devise marketing strategies for the company's fixed and variable annuity product line, the company said.

Sales of the Perspective annuity products have exceeded $100 million so far this year, the company said.

Mr. van Mierlo worked at Pacific Mutual Life Insurance, Newport Beach, Calif. He replaces Paul Smith, who left Jackson National earlier this year, a spokesman said.

Jackson National Life Insurance, based in Los Angeles, is a subsidiary of Prudential Corp. PLC of London. It is unaffiliated with Prudential Insurance Company of America.

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